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7 reasons why you may need a medication check-up

It’s important to have a doctor look over one’s medication regimen frequently. This is because things can change in between doctor visits, and adjustments may need to be made. Reasons why that might occur include taking a lot of pills, which can increase the risk of error or adverse drug interactions; taking over-the-counter medications without a doctor’s supervision; or experiencing medication side effects. One should also see a primary care doctor two weeks after discharge from a hospital, to see how any new medications are working. (Locked) More »

A new approach to cancer diagnosis

Tissue biopsies are the standard test for identifying cancer, but another approach, called a liquid biopsy, may provide a diagnosis when a traditional biopsy doesn’t. It uses a person’s blood to detect cancer and can help determine the right therapy. More »

Digital health tracking: Preventive care or privacy invasion?

Increasing numbers of wireless digital sensors—some implanted in or on the body and some worn like clothing­—are being used to monitor people’s health. There are even digital medications embedded with sensors that can record when pills are ingested. The advances in technology may help diagnose health conditions and prevent emergencies. But there are many concerns about digital monitors and pills, such as privacy, communications failures, and data interpretation. (Locked) More »

Insider tips to maximize your doctor visit

The average length of a doctor visit ranges from 10 to 20 minutes. There are ways to maximize every moment. For example, it helps to prepare and prioritize questions for the doctor in advance, and tell the doctor as soon as possible that there are questions that need to be answered before the end of the visit. When the doctor asks about the reason for the visit, one should give a brief summary. (Locked) More »

Are you prepared for a medical emergency?

To prepare for a medical emergency, it is helpful to have quick access to important information. This includes one’s advance directive, as well lists of all medications and supplements, emergency contacts, and health care providers. This information can be contained on a flash drive or put in a bag that’s kept in a handy place in the house. It’s also important to talk to a loved one in advance about how you’d like to be taken care of in a medical emergency. (Locked) More »

How false assumptions about weight may affect your health

Obesity can affect a woman’s health, even when they’re otherwise healthy. Feelings about weight may prompt some women to skip needed appointments or avoid preventive care. In addition, health care providers may be prone to weight bias, and that may result in women with obesity receiving substandard treatment. (Locked) More »

Planning the rest of your life

As we age, the later years of life are likely to be filled with unexpected challenges and important decisions on a number of issues. Planning ahead for the eventualities of medical care and its costs, as well as end-of-life wishes, will make later-life situations easier to navigate. (Locked) More »

Seeking a second opinion: When, why, and how?

If a physician recommends a heart-related surgery or procedure, patients might consider seeking a second opinion, especially if they have questions they feel are not being addressed in a way they can understand. Two common examples include a coronary artery bypass and a heart valve repair or replacement. Most doctors are not offended when this happens and may even welcome another expert’s thoughts in high risk cases. Health insurance companies rarely refuse to cover a second opinion consultation, but people should check their plans to see if the visit and any additional costs will be covered. (Locked) More »